Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 18, 1970 · Page 89
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 89

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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EDITIONS 88 The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Tlmrs., June 18,1970 Mrs. Mitchell rants, writes* retracts • • • • - X S -V: •;.'• stories out of whole cloth jast because you want to capitalize on someone considered By MAfciNte CHESHIRE Washington Post Service WASHINGTON ~ Martha Mitchell, not knotting that a group of admirers were pushing her for this year's Symphony Ball chairmanship, has charged erroneously that an iUfth on that subject in this column last week was created; "out of whole cloth, a bunch of poppycock." Mrs. Mitchell flatly denied ever "being involved or connected" with the ball. $Ut as the column correctly observed, her name was being put forward informally fof the prestigious'chairman- ship — without her knowledge apparently — as early as last spfing. *the name Of the wife of the attorney general was first mentioned as a front-runner to this columnist by national symphony manager M. Robert Rogers in connection with an official announcement that the British Embassy had* agreed to sponsor 1 the 1970 fund-raising ball. Reliable sources disclosed last week that Mrs. Mitchell continued to have strong support, including backing within the White House, Tight up until a largely Democratic special events committee selected a Democrat ,*; $hen Mrs. Mitchell wfcs assured that the story was true and had been verified, through reputable sources who were wifiing to sign affidavits, she said:':-" 1 .'.•;•:•> - i;; v ••••.,, have been written only as a rotten way to get my name into print." Mrs. Mitchell has calmed down considerably since writ:* ing the letter and mailing eight copies at 6 p.m. Thursday night to. President Nixon, A'mericanSociety of Newspa- 1 per Editors President Newbold Noyes, Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham, various Washington Post editors and several White House staff members. She laughingly . conceded that she had been so angry that she forgot to sign arty of the letters. Recipients would have been mystified by the sender's identity if the .letters,had not been written on her personal engraved stationery. She also, in her excitement, dated them incorrectly as having been written on Juife Ity the day before the column appeared. "It was the headline that made me maddest of all," she continued. "It said 'Martha; music won't mix.' I'm an amateur musician. . . I love opera.... Music is the hobby closest to my heart. I was so mad I was going to hand deliver the letters in 'person. Then somebody talked me out of ;it. They said there, would be^otogfapfferS waiting to* that have seemed inaignift- me." She wrote the three-page tetter ne^l, she said, although her -departing press, secretary, Kay Woestendieck,- edited 'out "some parts" that wtefe stronger in tone than . '•" 'i finally went out. In the copy of her letter to.• Mrs. Graham at the Post/' Mrs. Mitchell wftite: -• "Unfortunately, the press in, general and the Washington Post in particular, has seen, fit to print many stories ? about me, including several cant. "1 realize thai it is your newspaper's privilege to report anything I might say or do because of the overemphasis placed on the activities of the wiu& of public figures in this city. Evai though I may not have liked some of the articles, I knew that anything t did or said was fair game. '"However, I think your privilege ends wheti the .truth ends. I do not believe your newspaper — or'any publication — has the right Id create Mrs. Mitchell wSnt on to call Thursday's slory "so bad" and "such blatantly irresponsible journalism" that she hoped the ASNE "will take some action to prevent such abuse in the future." Ift••* ft mote cneerftil mood to(*tf*y Mrs. Mitchell Idft down her own guidelines f6r a journalistic code of ethics: b% fiBf wtth me and "You have my permission, if you can produce people like that, to say that it was a complete misunderstanding on my part." Mrs. Mitchell, who says she has had so much press exposure recently that she is starting to think like a reporter herself, sat down at her typewriter last week to give vent to her displeasure. She formally requested the American Society of Newspaper Editors to launch a special investigation of "the kind of reporting being done by people like Maxine Cheshire* and the Washington Post." In her letter, Mrs. Mitchell protested the story was "afy solutely false-, and seems 46 i master chargi CHILDREN'S SHOIS iServIng Arizona sine* If4fl PARK CENTRAL MALL Phone 277-1320 (N*xl fo Panney's) THOMAS MALL (Ntxt »0 S*H Oreen Stamps) . Phone •59-2230 Open. Man..' Thurs. & Frl. .'Ill » • LEOTARDS „ . 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